Penzance 0, Launceston 3
SAM Davey's hat-trick earned the Clarets a victory that they were made to work hard for by the young Magpies at Penlee Park on Saturday.
Launceston's leading goalscorer took his tally for the season to 21 with his treble against the basement side, putting the visitors in front with his first after only six minutes following a surging run into the box.
Home keeper Paul Williams produced some good saves throughout to keep the scoreline respectable and after denying Paul Chewen and Davey with a couple of top drawer stops the veteran keeper was grateful to see full back Sam Scott's well-struck free kick sail just wide.
Davey doubled his side's lead after 26 minutes, however, when his pace again proved too much for the home rearguard and he rounded Williams to slot the ball into the empty net.
Penzance also had their moments though and were unlucky not to pull a goal back before the interval when Lewis Caspell's attempted lob over keeper Dan Stevenson cannoned back off the bar and Ryan Andrew's follow-up strike was blocked on the line.
The youthful Magpies fought bravely after the break and looked as though they might just keep a second half clean sheet as some consolation in their final home game of the season, only for Davey's mishit shot, in the second minute of stoppage time, to take a deflection and spin wickedly back into the net to give Williams no chance.
Penzance: P Williams, W Southcott, M Best, J Street, D Mooney, R Andrew, H Corin, B Wills, C George, C Bullock, L Caspell. Subs: J Oakley (for Caspell), J Anderson (for Wills).
Bodmin Town clinched the premier division title on Tuesday night when they won 3-1 at Ivybridge Town and title rivals Plymouth Parkway lost 2-1 at home to Elburton Villa.
It is the second successive season Darren Gilbert's men have been champions and the fourth time in the six seasons the Peninsula League has existed.
DIVISION ONE WEST
HAYLE'S five-match winning run came to an end as they were beaten 1-0 at St Dennis on Saturday.
This was Hayle's last game of the season and Carl Rickard's strike in the second half consigned them to defeat.
Penryn Athletic, meanwhile, eased to a 4-0 win at Mousehole.
Third team striker Chris Page staked his claim for a regular place in spectacular fashion as he helped himself to a hat-trick. Penryn's other scorer was Kayne Trevaskis.
It was Mousehole's second reverse of the week following their 5-1 local derby defeat at Hayle on Wednesday night.